16.6.2020 Press Release: COVID-19 Impacting Significantly On Health Of People With Brain Conditions

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People with neurological conditions and family carers are being severely impacted by the COVID-19 lockdown, according to the findings of our recent survey. Based on responses from over six hundred people nationwide, the survey findings reveal that over a quarter of people are experiencing significant challenges in accessing ongoing care due to the cancellation of appointments and the difficulty of scheduling routine treatments, neuroimaging and other tests. Many respondents were worried about their health with one fifth responding they did not have sufficient information about what to do if their condition deteriorated.

For most respondents, their main source of general information about COVID19 was the HSE website, however the majority highlighted voluntary organisations as their main source of condition-specific information about COVID risk and implications. One third of patients reported a significant impact on family life and relationships and on emotional wellbeing rising to over half of family carers who outlined their struggles to cope on their own without help from family members or respite and other services. 

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